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Search Narrows For Missing Skydiver

5:42 PM, Jan 5, 2013   |    comments
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NORTH BEND, WA-- Crews have narrowed the area they're searching in the rugged Cascade foothills for a skydiver who vanished during a jump.

King County sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West says they made the decision based on the flight pattern of the helicopter he jumped from and information from his cellphone.

Kurt Ruppert has been missing since he jumped out of a helicopter at 6,500 feet on Thursday. The 29-year-old from Lake City, Fla., was wearing a special wing suit with fabric under the arms to allow him to glide like a flying squirrel.

Searchers hope Ruppert is stuck in a tree with his parachute or lost in state-owned land around Mount Si.

He was skydiving with two friends, and they were taking turns jumping. The friends didn't see whether Ruppert's chute deployed.

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